Wednesday, March 31, 2010

YACHT CHARTERS & HOTEL BARGES NEWS BLOG: March 2010 Paradise Connections

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March 2010 - Paradise Connections Yacht Charters
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SPRING is coming this month! 

Some of you folks have had (and are still having) a pretty severe winter.  So if you are tired of the cold, ice and snow, change your latitude and attitude!

Swap out those Polar Bears for Polar Beer!

Even with these difficult economic times, our clients are still booking boating vacations. They believe that their vacations are valuable and a "good bang for the buck"!

And, this is Sheila's birthday month (I drag out the celebrations as long as I can!), so wish her a happy birthday by booking a charter :)

Our Hotel Barges are booking up quickly for their 2010 season, too.  Don't wait too long! There are some special offers this month that you may find interesting.

Posted: March 1, 2010

Charter Yacht EDEN (Swan 65) in New England summer 2010

EDEN a 65-foot Swan, is currently chartering in the  Caribbean and will charter this summer 2010 in New England. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 1, 2010

Special Offers for Spring 2010 Hotel Barging Cruises

We hope you'll be able to take advantage of these specials for barging in France, Scotland, England, Ireland, Holland to Paris, and Dutch Tulip Cruises.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 1, 2010

Charter Yacht ANTILLEAN - Guest Comments / Client Reviews

Here are comments and photos we received from recent charterers aboard Antillean, a 50-foot Beneteau sloop, in January 2010. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 3, 2010

New 2-guest rate for CALLIOPE

The 60-foot schooner Calliope of Arne now has a 2-person rate. Calliope charters in the Caribbean year round. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 4, 2010

Charter catamaran DOUBLE EXPOSURE in Florida

DOUBLE EXPOSURE is a 40-foot catamaran with a crew of two, based in Miami/Key Biscayne and charters in the Florida Keys. Scott and Cara grew up in this area and know all of its secrets! Double Exposure is available year round and moored just a short taxi ride from Miami International Airport. Pick up and drop off can be anywhere between Miami and Key West. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 5, 2010

Crew Change on Catamaran REACTION this spring 2010

We are sad to announce that Ian & Polly will be leaving the popular charter catamaran REACTION. But, we are happy that they will be crewing another catamaran that Paradise Connections represents, the 60-foot Privilege, Sagaponack. Ian & Polly would like to introduce Reaction's new crew. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 6, 2010

Charter Yacht HANALEI BAY - Guest Comments / Reviews

Would you like to escape the wintry weather? These folks did!

"It is barely 48 hours since we disembarked from Hanalei Bay and we are ready to turn around and come back! There are some obvious reasons for our desire to return -- the New York weather is frigid; when we want to eat or drink, we have to serve ourselves..." MORE INFO...

Posted: March 7, 2010

Bankie Banx Moonsplash 2010 - Anguilla

Bankie Banx is proud to present Moonsplash 2010 at The Dune Preserve on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, March 25-28, 2010.

Moonsplash 2010 marks the 20th staging of the festival, billed as “The Eastern Caribbean’s Premier Reggae and World Music Festival.” MORE INFO...

Posted: March 8, 2010

Oyster Yacht Charters

Blue Destiny, a beautiful Oyster 655 sailboat, will be based in Croatia for yacht charters from July to October 2010.

And, we still have two Oysters for Easter! MORE INFO...

Posted: March 9, 2010

French Hotel Barge EMMA - Winter Wonderland

Liz, from the French Hotel Barge EMMA which cruises the canal du midi in the south of France, wrote to us Monday and sent us this beautiful and snowy photo. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 10, 2010

Charter Yacht PACIFIC WAVE - Special offer 2010

Lynn, owner-operator of the 72-foot sloop PACIFIC WAVE, has a special offer of a $1500 discount on all contracts signed by July 31, 2010 for charters that start before December 31, 2010.  This special offer is even valid for the holidays... Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years! MORE INFO...

Posted: March 11, 2010

KALIKOBASS II - Works completed Jan-Feb 2010

During January & February 2010 KALIKOBASS II underwent a general refurbishment, including upgrades to mechanical and electrical equipment. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 12, 2010

Barge MAGNA CARTA Golf cruise for individual cabin cruise

English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA who cruises the River Thames in England, is offering a golf week (September 12-18, 2010) on an individual cabin cruise basis, rather than as a themed cruise for a full-boat, private charter. We hope you will be able to take advantage of this special opportunity.

Book before March 31, 2010 and receive a $1000/cabin discount.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 12, 2010

Road trip for Emma's crew... We're on the road to Morocco

Liz and Rene, owner-operators of the French Hotel Barge Emma, are helping to sponsor a jeep in the Rally of the Gazelles. Rene has been busy getting the Land Rover 4x4 prepared for the desert and today they are on their way... MORE INFO...

Posted: March 13, 2010

Motor yachts for Caribbean charters Easter & Spring Break

Looking for a classy motor yacht to charter in the Caribbean for Easter or Spring Break 2010? We have some suggestions. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 16, 2010

French Hotel Barge ALEGRIA - Cabin available for May 2010

The luxury French hotel barge ALEGRIA has a cabin available for the week of May 22-28, 2010 for a canal du midi cruise in the south of France. Our clients who have already booked this week are a delightful Australian couple and are willing to share ALEGRIA with you. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 16, 2010

Recipe for St Patrick's Day from THREE MOONS

We received a recipe this morning from Shelly, chef & co-owner of the 72-foot charter yacht, Three Moons. Key Lime & Coconut Chocolate Cheesecake... Doesn't that sound yummy? MORE INFO...

Posted: March 17, 2010

Charter Catamaran ALIDADE in the BVIs this April

ALIDADE is offering a 15% discount for charters taking place during the month of April 2010. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 19, 2010

Dutch Barging Tulip Cruise - Keukenhof Gardens Holland

Today is the first day of Spring and barging season is almost upon us!

Chris from the Hotel Barge SAVOIR FAIRE reminds us that they still have a couple of openings for the Dutch Tulip Cruise weeks, and the Holland to France barging trip, too. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 20, 2010

m/y TIVOLI : All-inclusive Caribbean Spring Special

The charter motor yacht TIVOLI, is joining in on "March Madness" with their all-inclusive special offer for May and June 2010 charters in Antigua. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 20, 2010

LA BELLE EPOQUE, Burgundy France

We have updated the itineraries for the French Hotel Barge LA BELLE EPOQUE, which cruises on the Canal du Bourgogne between Pouillenay and Tonnerre in the Burgundy region of France. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 21, 2010

Charter Yacht GADGET - Caribbean Spring Special

The charter yacht GADGET, a classic Hinckley 64, has reduced their charter rate for the remainder of the winter 2009/10 season. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 23, 2010

News from Charter Yacht VERNA BREEZE

Charter yacht VERNA BREEZE is an owner-operated 54-foot Gulfstar. Read about their "get to know us" special offer, plus new stuff aboard, such as onboard wifi access, diving too! MORE INFO...

Posted: March 24, 2010

French Hotel Barge EMMA has had a Spring Clean

Back in February, Liz and Rene took EMMA to the boatyard for inspection, and also her pre-season Spring clean. Nice photo.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 25, 2010

Charter Yacht WISHING STAR - Classic Trumpy motoryacht

Wishing Star is currently available in S. Florida and will be chartering in New England this summer. Besides the standard, full-week charter, Wishing Star is is also available for day and weekend trips.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 26, 2010

Recipe from Irish Hotel Barge SHANNON PRINCESS

Here's a recipe for Guinness Cake. A bit late for St. Patrick's Day but still yummy nonetheless... MORE INFO...

Posted: March 26, 2010

French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre

The French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE announced that they have opened the week of September 19-25, 2010 for individual cabin bookings. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 27, 2010

French Hotel Barge Enchanté

We asked Roger and Louisa, owner-operators of the new French hotel barge ENCHANTE, what special theme charters they offer. While Enchanté has sample itineraries for standard, antiques, and golfing cruises, Louisa says that they focus on providing a tailored holiday according to their charter group. MORE INFO...

Posted: March 28, 2010

Cool Super Duper Megayacht H20ME

We don't post megayachts very often but this one just came into our inbox and we HAVE to share. Comes with optional car and/or jet tenders.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 29, 2010


We are happy to announce that the charter yacht ANDROMEDA LA DEA won Best In Class and the Perini Award at the 2010 St Barth's Bucket. Check out their special offers.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 30, 2010

Cheap air fares to Europe April - mid-May 2010

There are some cheap round trip airfares to Europe for April through mid-May (2010) that would be great to combine with one of the special offers that we have previously mentioned for April and May barging charters.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 30, 2010

French mobile phones for travellers in France

Yesterday, I needed information about acquiring a mobile phone while travelling in France for a group of people chartering a Burgundy hotel barge.  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 31, 2010

Charter Comments for OPUS March 2010

Thanks again for another wonderful charter, Billy. Here are comments from a family of 5 that we had aboard Opus a few weeks ago...  MORE INFO...

Posted: March 31, 2010

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